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  • 3 hours A short history of Justin Trudeau’s scandal-plagued Liberal government Nationalpost
    The Liberal government under Justin Trudeau has had its share — maybe more than its share — of scandal and controversy and, depending how things go today, one of them might actually bring the minority government down, forcing an election in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The scandals started early. They’ve kept going. Some involve gifts; others involve lobbying; still others involve forgotten chalets by the finance minister. Here’s a short history of the Trudeau government’s scandals. The Aga Khan Justin Trudeau first got in trouble with the ... more
  • 6 hours No more double cupping of drinks as Tim Hortons embraces the sleeve Nationalpost
    Tim Hortons is ending the practice of double cupping hot drinks, a move the fast food restaurant says will eliminate hundreds of millions of cups from landfills each year. The subsidiary of Restaurant Brands International Inc. will instead provide customers with a cup sleeve, a thick paper material that protects hands from hot beverages. Hope Bagozzi, chief marketing officer at Tim Hortons, says cup sleeves will be used by default for hot beverages like tea and espresso and can be requested for other warm drinks. She says customers who ask for ... more
  • 9 hours An Oregon town’s daunting challenge: How to rebuild when wildfires left almost nothing behind Nationalpost
    DETROIT, Ore. – Many people grow emotionally attached to their houses. Most don’t feel the kind of bond that Terry Taylor did. The firefighter literally built his second home in Oregon’s picturesque Cascade mountains from the foundations up. He finished the “beautiful two-storey house” in 2015 after months of sweat and tears, between shifts battling blazes in Beaverton, just outside Portland. Then four weeks ago, the home disappeared in minutes, destroyed by two monster wildfires that converged on this idyllic lakeside town and leveled virtually all of its 400 or so homes and ... more
  • 21 hours ‘Critical’ data gaps have greatly hampered Canadian governments’ ability to face COVID-19 pandemic: report Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — While the provinces were trying to get a grasp of the mortality rate of the COVID-19 virus spreading throughout the country in the spring, federal officials were hitting a data wall. In fact it could take months “and sometimes longer” for basic information, such as that contained in a death certificate, to make its way into national databases tracking COVID-19-related deaths, concludes the first annual report by the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council. “Critical data gaps and a lack of coordinated data in Canada seriously undermine the ability of decision-makers and governments ... more
  • 1 day Liberals say Conservative motion to create anti-corruption committee could trigger election Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Canada’s minority parliament is in a high-stakes game of chicken Tuesday as the Liberals insist they will view an upcoming motion from the Conservatives as a confidence matter and push the country into an election should it pass. The Conservatives are moving ahead with their proposal to create a new “anti-corruption” committee designed to look into the WE charity scandal, and other allegations of inappropriate lobbying. It is currently set to come to a vote Wednesday afternoon after Question Period. The proposed committee would have the ability to call ministers, including ... more
  • 1 day Why you can’t escape the flu and COVID-19 just by ‘boosting’ your immunity Nationalpost
    A quick internet search will pull up a plethora of ways to boost your immunity — from juice cleanses to essential oils to loading up on supplements like vitamin C. But do any of these really work? As we enter flu season and continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s what you need to know about keeping your immune system healthy. What does it mean to “boost immunity”? Boosting your immune system implies having it go into overdrive, which actually isn’t a good thing and is the cause of ... more
  • 2 days Scott Stinson: Get ready for another chapter of Clayton Kershaw and The Playoffs, one of baseball’s great mysteries Nationalpost -Sports
    There is no greater mystery in sports than Clayton Kershaw. And even though Kershaw’s Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the World Series, giving him yet another big post-season platform on which to pitch, there is no chance the mystery will be definitely resolved. Kershaw, who is expected to start Game 1 on Tuesday night, is one of greatest pitchers of this or any other generation. The statistical evidence from more than a decade of brilliance is overwhelming. To pick just one nugget: in 2020, at 32 years old and with some of ... more
  • 2 days Alleged Toronto Mafia boss finally gets freedom to roam, though hobbled by broken ankle and COVID worry Nationalpost
    Vincenzo (Jimmy) DeMaria, named but not proven by police to be a “top guy in Toronto” for the Mafia, has been granted full parole, finally regaining some freedom to roam — as best he can on a newly broken ankle and a fear of COVID-19. “You are considered compliant with your release expectations with no return to former associates and have not come to the attention of police or the security intelligence officer for any nefarious activity,” the Parole Board of Canada declared in its written decision, issued to DeMaria on Thursday. After ... more
  • 2 days ‘I’m alive’: Jordan Peterson back in Canada after lengthy medical treatment, he says in emotional new video Nationalpost
    Jordan Peterson, the Canadian psychology professor who skyrocketed to fame before vanishing from the public eye for nearly a year, has posted an emotional new video online, explaining that he’s back home in Toronto after months seeking medical treatment for withdrawal symptoms related to benzodiazepine use. “Hopefully, much of that is behind me and I can return to something resembling a normal life,” said Peterson. In the eight-minute video, Peterson explains he had been suffering from “severely impaired health,” after he had begun using benzodiazepines, drugs such as Valium, often used in the ... more
  • 2 days Federal minister criticizes RCMP response in lobster fishery dispute as more officers dispatched to intervene Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — After a week of violence and arson, the federal government is sending more RCMP officers to Nova Scotia in a bid to restore calm as tensions rise over lobster fishing and Indigenous rights. But the federal Indigenous Services Minister has criticized the police response thus far, saying the Mounties have failed to protect the Indigenous fishermen. “We must also recognize that once again as evidenced by the scenes of violence, Indigenous people have been let down by the police, those who are sworn to protect them,” Marc Miller said in a ... more
  • 2 days Queen’s University strips Sir John A. Macdonald name from law school building after two month study of issue Nationalpost
    Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., has stripped the name of Canada’s first prime minister from the building that houses its law school, and on Monday, the school’s board of trustees approved the decision, saying it came about following two months of consultations. Those consultations resulted in feedback from more than 3,000 “members of the Queen’s community,” which were then put into a 65-page report by an advisory committee that recommended the name Sir John A. Macdonald no longer grace the building. The report said the committee “consistently heard from Indigenous, racialized and marginalized ... more
  • 2 days Liberals threaten to call election if Parliament passes ‘anti-corruption’ committee motion Nationalpost
    OTTAWA – The Liberals are threatening to send Canadians to the polls if Parliament passes an opposition motion to create an “anti-corruption” committee, calling the Conservative proposal “ultra-partisan” and “irresponsible.” On Monday, Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez expressed frustration at the Conservatives’ push for the committee, which would be composed of 15 MPs tasked with delving into the WE Charity scandal and other possible conflicts of interest involving the Liberals. “When you’re asking the government to concentrate all their efforts on what is requested by this committee instead of fighting the pandemic, or ... more
  • 2 days UCP narrowly passed a private-health-care resolution at its party convention. What that means for Alberta Nationalpost
    EDMONTON — Delegates at Alberta’s United Conservative Party’s annual general meeting over the weekend narrowly endorsed a controversial proposal in favour of privately managed and funded health care. The meeting, held via Zoom, saw some 1,400 delegates attend, who considered 30 policy resolutions, some on health care, others on energy politics and others still on labour law. Of the 793 who voted on the health-care resolution, 53 per cent of them voted in favour of a private-tier system where people could pay a user fee for services. The proposal, brought forward by the ... more
  • 2 days NASA to collect dirt from surface of Bennu asteroid, hundreds of millions of miles from Earth Nationalpost
    For many driving to work on a soggy Monday morning, it’s enough of a challenge to find parking and avoid pedestrians. Parking a spacecraft on an active asteroid hundreds of millions of miles from Earth to scoop up a sample of surface dust seems impossible. Yet on Tuesday, Oct. 20, that’s exactly what a team of scientists at NASA will attempt to do. The mission will see the OSIRIS-REx land on a 52-foot diameter site inside what is thought to be a well-preserved crater on the asteroid Bennu. For up to 10 seconds, ... more
  • 3 days To whom it may concern: We are overdoing the open letter Nationalpost
    To whom it may concern: We write to draw your attention to a rising concern. We are overdoing the open letter. And by “we,” I also mean “me,” which is to say one of the undersigned, only you don’t know which one. This is only the start of the trouble. This week brought two very serious examples. First was from the University of Notre Dame colleagues of Amy Coney Barrett, several dozen of whom issued an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on the occasion ... more
  • 4 days Canada’s virtual film festivals: Like a stream come true in 2020 Nationalpost
    The global pandemic dealt a heavy blow to the fall film festivals of the world. But in Canada, the festivals fought back. “Cancellation was never in our vocabulary,” says Steve Schroeder, executive director of the Calgary International Film Festival, echoing a sentiment voiced by festival heads across the nation. Like most festivals, CIFF opted for a hybrid model that included some in-theatre screenings as well as an online streaming option. “We had really good uptake — much better on the virtual screening side than we dared hope,” says Schroeder. The festival ran from ... more
  • 4 days Manufacturers start to deliver 40,000 ventilators, but with lower demand Canada may not need them Nationalpost
    OTTAWA – When the first ventilators rolled off a hastily put together assembly line, Rick Jamieson wanted to deliver them himself. Jamieson, president of ABS Friction an Ontario brake pad manufacturer, climbed into the cab of a truck and went along for a 400-kilometre drive in late July. “I, with the truck driver, drove it to Ottawa. That’s how proud of it we were.” Jamieson’s first 12 ventilators were part of an order of 10,000 that a consortium he helped put together is delivering. In total, the government ordered 40,000 from ... more
  • 4 days More than 200 days in, COVID-19 is taking a psychological toll, and that’s entirely normal Nationalpost
    Social isolation can transform a mouse’s brain. Among other behaviours, mice kept alone for two weeks become hypersensitive to a threat, freezing, and staying that way, long after the threat is over. A flurry of surveys this week would suggest we’re all becoming similarly unhinged by COVID-19. Taken together, the polls — from Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) , Angus Reid Institute and human resources firm Morneau Shepell — paint a worrisome picture of strained emotions as we hit the pandemic’s seven-month mark. But how much of what people are experiencing are ... more
  • 5 days The ‘other guy: Some of Canada’s most infamous murderers who nearly got away with it Nationalpost
    Not every wrongfully convicted murderer gets to look the other guy in the eye. Steven Truscott, 75, for example, does not know who killed his classmate Lynne Harper in 1959, a murder for which he was wrongly sentenced to die, and served a decade in prison, before his 2007 acquittal and apology from Ontario for the miscarriage of justice. Some do, eventually. David Milgaard spent 23 years in prison for the 1969 murder of Gail Miller, and had his conviction overturned in 1992, fully seven years before the real killer, Larry Fisher, was ... more
  • 5 days Genetic genealogy provides a new investigative tool for solving old crimes like Jessop case Nationalpost
    David Mittelman says one of the most critical tasks in cutting-edge genetic forensics is to not destroy the evidence. “There’s low quantities sometimes, there’s not a lot of evidence left. The last thing you want to do is consume evidence without getting as much information as you can get,” said Mittelman, the CEO of Othram Inc. “Our goal is to get the most information from the evidence without consuming it.” Othram, a Houston, Texas forensic service, was behind the research that helped the Toronto Police Service close in on the suspect ... more
  • 5 days Conservatives push for vote on WE scandal as Liberals delay committee motions Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — The Conservatives are looking to force a vote over a proposal to probe deeper into the WE Charity scandal, part of an effort by the opposition to reignite the controversy that rocked the Trudeau government this summer. Conservative members announced plans Thursday to move a motion next week that would establish an “anti-corruption committee” of 15 MPs to delve into the WE scandal and other possible conflicts of interest. The motion will be debated during opposition day in Parliament, scheduled for Tuesday. The move is part of an attempt to force ... more
  • 5 days Beware of scam emails asking companies to register for bogus federal contracts, government warns Nationalpost
    OTTAWA – The federal government is warning of a new COVID-19 scam after fraudsters masquerading as the government’s procurement department recently sent out two waves of phishing emails trying to steal workers’ private information. The scam involves unsolicited emails purportedly from the federal government asking the recipient to register to qualify for an unidentified “project.” In early September, and then again last week, Public Services and Procurement Canada posted advisories on its public tender website, BuyandSell.gc.ca, about fraudulent emails being sent out to Canadian businesses. The first reported case originated in Quebec, says ... more
  • 5 days Wooden toy boat washes ashore on Lake Superior after 27 years adrift Nationalpost
    On October 7, A small wooden boat drifted ashore Lake Superior, leaving locals with a puzzling mystery. The Apostle Islands National Seashore in Wisconsin located the red, white, and blue boat with a message inscribed on its hull. “I am traveling to the ocean. Please put me back in the water. Will you send information on your whereabouts to, Lakewood School, Room 116 & 118 5207 N. Tischer Duluth, MN 53304,” read the tiny vessel. According to a Facebook post from the Duluth Public Schools , they were equally perplexed but discovered the ... more
  • 5 days On the map: Yorkville meets old New York Nationalpost
    In 2018, Frank Mazzotta, the president of Armour Heights Developments, went to New York City on a reconnaissance mission of sorts, touring a handful of Manhattan’s iconic pre-war buildings. “We walked through, taking pictures. We wanted to see how these developers (built) in tight places, and what materials they [used],” says Mazzotta, extolling the structures’ soulful facades with their old-school masonry and, inside, the ceiling heights and grand layouts. At the opulent Baccarat Hotel and Residences in Midtown he especially liked the use of privacy screens in the grand salon. His team also ... more
  • 5 days A Montreal professor’s parallel academic career highlights debate on China’s science-talent recruiting Nationalpost
    A new geopolitical order is taking shape. The globe is rapidly realigning under American and Chinese spheres of influence and the pandemic has only raised the stakes. How can Canada finally get serious about its internal stability and external security so it can effectively play a role as a middle power? Part of an ongoing National Post series. As an expert in the science of telecommunications, Ke Wu has built a stellar career in Canada. With hundreds of research papers to his name, the Polytéchnique Montreal professor leads two advanced-research centres in Quebec and holds the prestigious, if somewhat ... more
  • 5 days One in seven Canadians is experiencing food insecurity during COVID-19, and its toll is heavier than hunger: report Nationalpost
    Nicola Moore recently released her first song, “The Arrow.” A singer-songwriter, peer advocate at the Hamilton Community Food Centre , and single mother of three children under nine, she’s made the most of any pandemic-induced “lulls” in her life by writing music. “I could sit here and get Ontario Works payments or I could do something about it and change my life, which is what I’m trying to do right now,” says Moore. “Advocacy and singing are my way out.“ A first-time gardener on a community plot, Moore is ecstatic when describing her ... more
  • 5 days China becomes an issue in B.C. election as anti-Beijing activists challenge candidates Nationalpost
    China has become part of the B.C. provincial election. With voting day a little more than a week away,  a group of activists is tracking and labelling provincial politicians based on their sympathies towards Beijing. The campaign, calling itself “No BC for Xi” lists candidates in the election — from all parties — on an online website , and labels them as to whether or not they are “CCP leaning” or “against CCP interference.” CCP refers to the Chinese Communist Party. “Join us in demanding BC’s candidates to take a stand against CCP​’s ... more
  • 6 days Liberal battle to prevent disclosure of more WE documents relies on pots of coffee and irrelevant speeches Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Liberal MPs on two parliamentary committees spent the day on Thursday perched in front of their computer screens, using every tactic available to drag out the virtual proceedings and delay a vote on disclosing more documents related to the WE Charity scandal. They launched into lengthy speeches that frequently strayed off topic. They interrupted with a parade of questionable points of order. They moved amendments to amendments. They protested that they couldn’t vote because they couldn’t find the relevant documents. The minority Liberals are outvoted on committees when the opposition works ... more
  • 6 days Drug companies warn they will abandon Canadian market if prices reduced Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Pharmaceutical companies and patient groups fear new price-setting guidelines could cut the number of clinical trials taking place in Canada and leave life-saving treatments out of reach. New final guidelines were expected Thursday from the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, an arm’s-length and quasi-judicial agency that sets the maximum price drug companies can charge for new therapies, but they were delayed until next week. The new rules are set to come into force in January and will apply to new drugs that are still covered by a patent. Draft ... more
  • 6 days Christine Jessop murder case closed with naming of Toronto girl’s killer after 36 years Nationalpost
    The final chapter in one of Canada’s most enduring and horrific mysteries was finally penned Thursday when Toronto Police announced they had found the man who murdered nine-year-old Christine Jessop in 1984. Jessop was abducted from her home outside Toronto on a school day afternoon in early October. When her parents came home, they found her backpack on the kitchen counter, but their daughter was gone. Jessop’s body wasn’t found until months later, on New Year’s Eve, more than 50 kilometres from her home. In those missing months, her school picture, showing a ... more
  • 6 days False alarm: How Apple OS glitch is causing worry and confusion for COVID app users in Canada Nationalpost
    Every night, before he goes to sleep, Steve Hambleton puts his iPhone on airplane mode. He has three young kids and a job working with seniors who have developmental disabilities. All of that’s draining in the best of times, and for a lot of reasons, these are not the best of times. For almost six months this year, Hambleton was off work, taking care of the kids. His wife makes more money than he does, and they have no family in the Ottawa area, where they live. So when the schools closed in March it ... more
  • 6 days Alberta promises to drop special pandemic powers that gave government ministers ability to make new laws Nationalpost
    EDMONTON — The Alberta government is promising to give up controversial pandemic powers it gave itself back in spring — powers that already existed during a public health emergencies — and is repealing a portion of the Public Health Act that would have, in theory, allowed the government to mandate vaccinations. “We’re going to be removing those powers that ministers have during a public health emergency and leaving it for legislation to be amended by the legislature as it should be,” said Health Minister Tyler Shandro in an interview. A timeline for the ... more
  • 7 days How Albertans weighed in on provincial budget: cut Trudeau, public servants and lawsuits over hurt feelings Nationalpost
    EDMONTON — The Alberta government is once again going through a “build-a-budget” process, asking Albertans to come forward with their suggestions for what should be in the next provincial budget. The United Conservatives, deeply fond of public consultations and feedback from Albertans, did so during the last round of budget-making. While circumstances have admittedly changed — the province has been battered by a steep economic decline and the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of abating — documents provided to the  National Post  under freedom of information legislation detail the priorities Albertans had last ... more
  • 7 days Expansion of COVID-19 programs the latest example of Ottawa’s struggle to wind down spending Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — A suite of new and expanded relief programs aimed at helping small businesses is the latest example of the immense challenge facing Ottawa as it seeks to wind down its costly COVID-19 support programs, experts say. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland last week announced extensions to a number of already sizeable COVID-19 programs, as well as the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), designed to support small businesses clobbered by pandemic lockdowns. The federal government has yet to release a cost estimate for the changes, and details on the rent subsidy have not been ... more
  • 7 days Canada’s efforts to fight foreign bribery are ‘shockingly low,’ new report says Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Canada’s efforts to fight foreign bribery are “shockingly low,” particularly when compared to key allies such as the U.S., United Kingdom and France, a new report says. “There’s unfortunately a persistent belief that corruption is not something Canadian companies need to think about, either because some companies just don’t understand the risk, or worse, some companies think they won’t get caught,” said James Cohen, executive director of Transparency International Canada, in a statement. “The truth is that Canada needs to drastically step up its efforts in ensuring we are not the ... more
  • 1 week Two Mi’kmaw trapped inside lobster pound by ‘hundreds’ of commercial fishermen Nationalpost
    A Mi’kmaw fisherman says a crowd of non-Indigenous lobster fishermen trapped him inside a lobster pound last night, setting fire to a vehicle and vandalizing his van, the CBC reports . Jason Marr fled to the lobster pound in West Pubnico, a village 42 km southeast from Yarmouth, N.S., after hearing that fishermen were heading to the wharf to seize his lobsters and burn his boat. Since early September, Southwestern Nova Scotia, and specifically the area around St. Marys Bay, has been in turmoil. Non-Indigenous fishermen have been protesting the Indigenous treaty right ... more
  • 1 week More shopping, more tweeting, more phishing: Canadian digital behaviour in a pandemic Nationalpost
    One-third of Canadians experienced a phishing scheme — a mode of cyberattack — during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a good portion of those people say the scam had to do with the pandemic itself. According to a new report from Statistics Canada, 34 per cent of Canadians dealt with a phishing scam, a sort of cybercrime that seeks to obtain confidential information such as usernames, passwords and credit card information. For many, though, the attack was very specific: Some people reported the scheme was framed in terms of getting COVID-19 test results; still ... more
  • 1 week New in condos: The bedroom boom Nationalpost
    Madelaine Drew’s two-bedroom condo isn’t all that different from the 11 other split-level penthouse units atop 383 Sorauren. All the usual high-end features — an expansive terrace, multiple bathrooms, engineered hardwood flooring — are accounted for. Ten-foot ceilings? Everywhere except the bathrooms. There’s only one thing Drew pines for: a third bedroom like the one in Penthouse 10. “Now that my partner and I are both working at home, that’s really the only thing I wish we had,” the thirtysomething software engineer explains. Drew is far from alone in her desire for ... more
  • 1 week Canada signs on to new rulebook for exploring the moon: no fighting and no secrets Nationalpost
    International cooperation on travel to the moon got a new rulebook on Tuesday, and Canada is on board. U.S. space agency NASA’s moon-focused Artemis program, announced more than a year ago, has now seen eight nations sign on to a protocol for international cooperation when it comes to exploring the planet. The new rules, named the Artemis Accords, lay down a code for signatory members which include Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, the U.K. and the U.S. The signing was made during the International Astronautical Congress, but ... more
  • 1 week 10/3 podcast: Joyce Echaquan and racism in Quebec’s health system Nationalpost
    The viral video showing a dying Indigenous woman screaming while she is subjected to verbal abuse by staff at a Quebec hospital has reignited the debate over racism in the health-care system. The recording, made by Joyce Echaquan herself from her hospital bed, has led to the firing of two hospital staff members, and has sparked a coroner’s investigation. But there are many saying that this is a deeper problem than one woman’s death. Dave is joined by Nazila Bettache, an internist and assistant professor of medicine at the Univeristy de ... more
  • 1 week Alberta outsourcing health-care services, axing 11,000 jobs as part of multi-year plan to control spending Nationalpost
    EDMONTON — Even as the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of abating, the Alberta government is forging ahead with a multi-year plan for cuts to ancillary health-care services, including privatizing laboratory work and laundry services, with the aim of saving some $600 million annually. The United Conservative Party has long promised to rein in provincial spending and, by extension, get a grip on health-care spending, which has an operating budget in excess of $20 billion and accounts for 42 per cent of government spending. The cuts announced Tuesday amount to 11,000 jobs over ... more
  • 1 week He prorogued in August, but now Trudeau slams Tories for bringing back WE Charity investigations Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is focused on COVID-19 and criticized the Conservatives for trying to bring back committee investigations into the WE Charity affair — investigations that were interrupted two months ago by Trudeau’s own choice to prorogue Parliament. “We are entirely focused on the second wave of COVID-19,” Trudeau said at a news conference Tuesday. “We will continue to stay focused on what we need to do to support Canadians facing a very difficult time right now. The Conservatives continue to want to focus on WE Charity, so be ... more
  • 1 week Travel agency wants to expand COVID-19 Atlantic bubble to include Cuban resort Nationalpost
    A Nova Scotia travel agency says it has a way of bringing the Atlantic “bubble” to the Caribbean. Absolute Travel, located in Halifax, wants to extend the bubble to a resort in Cuba this winter. The plan would provide a potentially COVID-free vacation for Atlantic Canadians looking to escape the winter weather for the sunny beaches of the Caribbean. “Being in a bubble is a little bit different than Ontario and some other provinces,” said co-owner and vice-president of Absolute Travel, Elayne Pink. “We were looking for what could we do to work ... more
  • 1 week Nathan turns two after surviving a double lung transplant, open heart surgeries and a COVID-19 outbreak Nationalpost
    In March, two-year old Nathan Hutchinson stopped breathing in his Courtice, Ont. home. He was transported to SickKids Hospital ICU, an all-too-familiar place for Nathan and his family, in the midst of a pandemic. He would remain there on and off until mid-May. Nathan was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, Supracardiac Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, at birth. Since then, he has spent almost half his life — 300 days — in the hospital where he has had two open-heart surgeries, spent four days on life support, and received a double-lung transplant. ... more
  • 1 week COVID-19 outbreaks are hitting nursing homes again: Can we avoid another catastrophe? Nationalpost
    In the spring wave, Dr. Amit Arya was part of a long-term care rapid action response team sent into homes hit by horrifying COVID outbreaks. A palliative care doctor, Arya saw residents who were gasping for air, whose oxygen levels had plummeted and who clearly had COVID-19 and were dying “and no one was there to provide the proper care, or look after them.” “I’ll just be very open with you. It’s still something I think about every day. It haunts me. I wish I could have done more,” he said in an interview. ... more
  • 1 week Stockpiles of dangerous chemicals are being stored much longer than required: federal audit Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Five years after an audit warned that the Canada Border Services Agency wasn’t properly managing stockpiles of dangerous chemicals a followup audit shows most problems haven’t been fixed, even as the agency has to deal with increasing amounts of toxic products. “The control and disposal of seized goods, including precursor chemicals, is a long-standing issue for the CBSA,” begins an internal audit report dated September 2019 but published on CBSA’s website last week. As part of its mandate, the federal agency is tasked with detecting and controlling imports of certain highly ... more
  • 1 week Unlike the U.S., Canada does not do spectacle when it comes to picking Supreme Court judges Nationalpost
    Picking Supreme Court judges is never like this in Canada. Historically, it has involved a phone call from the prime minister, announcing the decision is already made, sometimes on the advice of an all-party committee, sometimes just on a quiet nod from governing party mandarins. In 2016, the Liberal government created an independent advisory panel to select candidates from eligible judges and lawyers, in an effort to bring long-promised transparency to the opaque process. Scandal is uncommon, and even when it does occur, no one gets “Borked,” as in the American slang for ... more
  • 1 week Pandemic fatigue: More Canadians likely to visit family, friends during Thanksgiving than during Easter, poll finds Nationalpost
    Pandemic fatigue has officially set in, a new poll concludes, after finding that significantly fewer Canadians are likely to obey health officials’ warnings to physically distance and avoid visiting family and friends during Thanksgiving than during Easter.  The poll, conducted by market researcher Leger with the Association for Canadian Studies between Oct. 2 and 4, surveyed 1523 Canadians — including 412 Quebecers — via a web panel, and compared responses with one conducted between April 10 and 12, surveying 1508 Canadians, with a margin of error of ±2.5 per cent.  Results from ... more
  • 1 week ‘These two old people were fed to the wolves’: What happened to Bernard and Rose-Marie Saulnier? Nationalpost
    By Paul Palango The unsolved murders of two respected Moncton-area senior citizens just over a year ago appears to have been both an act of retaliation and a warning to others about the possible dangers of calling the police on drug traffickers, according to sources in the RCMP knowledgeable about the case. The case illustrates how dangerous it has become to work as an informant for the police, said one of the sources, a ranking RCMP officer. “Those two old people were fed to the wolves,” said the police source. “The ... more
  • 1 week For years, oil ensured Canada’s healthy trade balance. Now that’s changing — with major consequences Nationalpost
    A new geopolitical order is taking shape. The globe is rapidly realigning under American and Chinese spheres of influence and the pandemic has only raised the stakes. How can Canada finally get serious about its internal stability and external security so it can effectively play a role as a middle power? Today, Jesse Snyder examines the worrying trend in our exports. Back in summer 2006, former prime minister Stephen Harper laid out his ambitions to dramatically expand Canadian oil exports. Economic growth in China and Africa would propel the oil sands to new ... more
  • 2 weeks COVID-19 isn’t through with us: Our summer of magical thinking comes to its inevitable end Nationalpost
    It was always going to end this way. Once the bars reopened, and the wedding halls filled up, and the hovering terror of spring began to lift, a day like this was always going to come. It should have come sooner, in fact, based on everything we know. But it’s here now. Reality is back. This pandemic is nowhere close to going away. On Friday, the Ontario provincial government announced sweeping new restrictions in the hardest hit parts of the province. It’s a response to record-high cases, soaring hospitalizations, and transmission spreading from the younger, ... more
  • 2 weeks Second wave reaches western Canada as Alberta sees surge of COVID-19 cases Nationalpost
    EDMONTON — The second wave is reaching western Canada. Alberta entered the Thanksgiving long weekend seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, the province announced the single-highest day of new cases of the virus, with new cases added Friday. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said most of the new cases were in the Edmonton zone, a reorientation of the pandemic in the province. In the opening months of the outbreak, most were in Calgary. “I especially caution Albertans against planning large get-togethers this weekend,” Hinshaw said. ... more
  • 2 weeks Liberals filibuster opposition motion to get details of Trudeau family’s speaking fees Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Liberal MPs on the House of Commons ethics committee mounted a filibuster Friday afternoon of the opposition’s attempt to get details of the Trudeau family’s speaking fees — particularly as they relate to WE Charity events. The Liberals dragged out the committee’s proceedings through lengthy speeches and repeated requests to adjourn. Finally, after four and a half hours, the meeting adjourned without a vote on the motion after a Bloc Québécois MP joined with the Liberals in voting to adjourn. The committee will likely pick up the matter again at its next meeting. ... more
  • 2 weeks Trudeau announces new business supports as COVID cases continue to spike Nationalpost
    OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new support for businesses Friday and pleaded with Canadians to stay home as COVID-19 cases continue to spiral upwards. “We are at a tipping point in this pandemic. Not only is the second wave underway, but yesterday we saw the highest daily recorded cases, well above what we saw in the spring,” he said at a press conference. There have now been 175,000 cases in Canada and in the next ten days, Health Canada is modelling there could be nearly 200,000. Trudeau said he ... more
  • 2 weeks Ontario to announce record-high 939 COVID-19 cases, plans to introduce tighter restrictions Nationalpost
    Ontario plans to report 939 new COVID-19 cases today, the highest number the province has ever reported, and the Doug Ford government plans to introduce new restrictions to fight the curve. According to the Toronto Sun, cabinet ministers were alerted late Thursday night that an emergency meeting would be held Friday morning at 11 a.m. to discuss imposing new restrictions on the province. “If details that have been shared in confidence are accurate, then Premier Doug Ford will ask his cabinet to completely go against what he has been advocating for all week,” ... more
  • 2 weeks Constitutional originalism dominates in the U.S., but the legal concept may be gaining traction in Canada Nationalpost
    When U.S. President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett for the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court he was hoping to score another victory for a certain type of constitutional interpretation. Originalism, which means using the original understanding of the constitution as the main guide to its interpretation, will soon be dominant on the American court if Barrett is approved by the Senate. In Canada, though, it’s hard to find high-profile originalists on the bench or even in the country’s law schools. A few experts have written, here and there, about how ... more
  • 2 weeks Liberal supercluster groups fend off ‘unfair’ criticism as combined spending plans near $1B Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — The heads of Canada’s five “supercluster” groups are pushing back against a recent report that highlighted spending delays in their program, claiming the study doesn’t properly account for a host of recent contracts that dramatically improves their progress. Earlier this week, the Parliamentary Budget Officer released a report showing that spending levels under the government’s $950-million Innovative Superclusters Initiative (ISI) had lagged behind projections, feeding criticism that the Liberal government had again failed to meet its lofty promises to taxpayers. Industry Minister Navdeep Bains announced the ISI program in 2017 in ... more
  • 2 weeks Sikh activists in Canada among targets as BlackBerry uncovers shadowy ‘hacker-for-hire’ network Nationalpost
    A new report from BlackBerry details widespread international cybersurveillance and hacking by a mercenary group, some of which appears to have been directed at Sikh activists in Canada. In the report released this week by Waterloo, Ont.-based BlackBerry, a shadowy cadre of hackers called BAHAMUT engages in a variety of cyber-espionage activities, ranging from malware to fraudulent smartphone applications and disinformation campaigns. Eric Milam, the vice-president of research operations at BlackBerry, explained the report ties together a variety of different espionage activities that researchers have looked into over the years — and pulls ... more
  • 2 weeks Fewer than half of Canadians feel safer when they see a police officer, poll finds Nationalpost
    Seeing a police officer in public makes more young Canadians feel less secure than safer, and Indigenous and visible minorities of all ages are more likely to feel less safe with police around than white people, a new opinion survey suggests. Remarkably, despite holding a largely favourable view of police, fewer than half of all respondents — regardless of age, ethnicity or region — expressed feeling more secure when they see a police officer, according to new polling by the Angus Reid Institute, a not-for-profit public opinion research group based in Vancouver. Considering ... more
  • 2 weeks Ontario’s COVID testing system slowed by shortage of key chemical from Swiss company Nationalpost
    OTTAWA – World-wide shortages of a Swiss pharmaceutical company’s crucial chemical for COVID-19 testing, along with staff shortages, are hampering Ontario’s laboratory system as the province deals with record numbers of tests. On Thursday, Ontario reported 797 cases of COVID-19 across the province after performing 48,500 tests, a new record number for tests in a single day. Still, there are nearly 60,000 tests waiting to be completed, down from nearly 90,000 tests last week. The province’s testing system relies heavily on instruments from the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche. Their machines use a proprietary ... more
  • 2 weeks Scott Stinson: Canada’s Christine Sinclair is still scoring goals, and still pushing for change Nationalpost -Sports
    Christine Sinclair scored the tying goal to secure a draw for her Portland Thorns team last weekend. That’s what she does: score goals. She netted a hat trick a game earlier, pushing her past 200 in her club career, to go with the 186 she has scored for Canada, more than any man or woman in FIFA play. Sinclair, 37, had barely had a kick in game action since Olympic qualifying in January, but put her back on the pitch and, boom, four goals in two matches. Still, it’s far from normal. ... more
  • 2 weeks Boom in pandemic gardening has led to shortage of mason jars and lids Nationalpost
    Baker Dawn Woodward packs her glossy, hazelnut-chocolate spread in squat, widemouthed canning jars. The 250-millilitre vessels are as essential to the Nutella-inspired treat as the toasted nuts and cocoa. In a typical year, the use of jars would have been a given — not something worth mentioning. But due to an increase in the number of people gardening and preserving during the pandemic, the focus has shifted from the contents to the container. Canning supplies are now scarce in many parts of the country. Last week, after fruitlessly searching stores and wholesalers for 250-millilitre mason ... more
  • 2 weeks Federal privacy commissioner ‘frustrated’ by obsolete laws ‘not up to protecting our rights’ Nationalpost
    OTTAWA – The federal privacy commissioner says he is “frustrated” that the federal government isn’t better protecting Canadians’ right to privacy while more and more services are going digital because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In his latest annual report published Thursday morning, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien came out swinging against Canada’s privacy laws that he considers to be significantly obsolete. “The law is simply not up to protecting our rights in a digital environment. Risks to privacy and other rights are heightened by the fact that the pandemic is fuelling rapid societal and ... more
  • 2 weeks New bill could make Daylight Saving Time permanent in Ontario, ending need for bi-annual time changes Nationalpost
    An Ontario MPP is getting support for his private members’ bill, which could eliminate bi-annual time changes and make Daylight Saving Time permanent. Jeremy Roberts, MPP for Ottawa West – Nepean, tabled Bill 214 on Wednesday. The bill — the Time Amendment Act — passed second reading at Queen’s Park with unanimous support from both the government and opposition. No date has been set for the third reading. “Ontarian’s (sic) are sick of this outdated practice that comes with serious consequences for our health,” Roberts said in a tweet. “My new bill would ... more
  • 2 weeks Randall Denley: Why the COVID critics against reopening Ontario’s economy are wrong Nationalpost
    The favourite COVID critique of the week goes something like this: In Ontario, the government allows up to 100 people in a bar or restaurant, 50 in a casino or banquet hall and six around a restaurant table, but it’s telling people not to invite family over for Thanksgiving. Clearly, the government’s plan doesn’t make sense. Well, not until one stops to think about it, anyway. Yes, the rules and restrictions on how business and consumers conduct themselves in public and the advice for what we should do in our own homes both involve numbers, ... more
  • 2 weeks When this Manitoba farmer was worried about his daughter’s health his neighbours pitched in to harvest his fields Nationalpost
    Friends and family came to a Manitoba farmer’s aid while his daughter was in the hospital, harvesting days’ worth of crops in a few hours. The farmer, Rob Harms, took to Twitter to express his gratitude for his fellow farmers, who supported him while he and his wife were busy with their daughter’s injury. A week ago our daughter went for a run She was hit by a vehicle. In HSC with head injuries. Her mother hardly left her all week. Yesterday friends and neighbours showed up and combined 500 ac of soybeans ... more
  • 2 weeks 10/3 podcast: What thousands of energy layoffs mean for the future of oil and gas Nationalpost
    Already battered by a price roller-coaster in 2020, big players in Canada’s oilpatch have announced plans for cost-cutting or layoffs. Oilsands giant Suncor was the latest to announce changes, with a planned 10-15 per cent cut to its workforce. Dave is joined by Calgary Herald business columnist Chris Varcoe to discuss what’s driving these moves, how deep the industry’s problems go, and what it means for Alberta’s economy. Subscribe to 10/3 on your favourite podcast app. #distro ... more
  • 2 weeks Chaos at Pearson Airport: Rescue dog escapes, eludes capture for 12 hours, forces pilot to abort landing Nationalpost
    A rescue dog at Toronto Pearson Airport forced multiple flights to delay take-off and led her foster handlers and airport staff members on a 12 hour chase after she broke free of her cage. Crystal, a white Spanish podenco, had landed in Toronto at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28, having completed a more than 10-hour flight from Spain, via a British Airways plane.  However, her crate door was allegedly not securely fastened and once the cargo doors opened, the skinny little puppy made a dash for it on the tarmac.  Rhonda ... more
  • 2 weeks ‘It may be time to live on the moon’: Chris Hadfield on the future of lunar exploration Nationalpost
    Chris Hadfield was nine years old, staying at a summer cottage on Stag Island in southern Ontario, when he watched the first moon landing on a neighbour’s TV and decided he too was going to be an astronaut. In 1995, he rode the space shuttle Atlantis to the Russian space station Mir. Six years later, in 2001, he was a mission specialist on a trip to the International Space Station by the shuttle Endeavour. One of his jobs was to install Canadarm2, a vital piece of equipment that would in turn help build the rest of the ... more
  • 2 weeks A new bill could make Daylight Saving Time permanent in Ontario, ending the need for bi-annual time changes Nationalpost
    An Ontario MPP is getting support for his private members’ bill, which could eliminate bi-annual time changes and make Daylight Saving Time permanent. Jeremy Roberts, MPP for Ottawa West – Nepean, tabled Bill 214 on Wednesday. The bill — the Time Amendment Act — passed second reading at Queen’s Park with unanimous support from both the government and opposition. No date has been set for the third reading. “Ontarian’s (sic) are sick of this outdated practice that comes with serious consequences for our health,” Roberts said in a tweet. “My new bill would ... more
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